Today, I am thankful for warranties.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

#10 of Activerain's "thankful" contest.

Picture this, everyday chores need to be done especially those that come up suddenly like the battery in our 2nd car, a GMC truck, is on the fritz.  That's probably not a technical term for when the red warning lights light comes on on the dashboard when my significant other starts the truck.

So here we are going into town to get the battery checked out. Me, as usual, am sitting in the passenger seat working my iPhone with texts to American Home Shield to set up warranties for the buyers of my listing that's in escrow.

I'm not even sure why I went along, but I really needed a change of scenery from my office-away-from-my-Carmel office in the Redwood forest in northern California.

And, guess what, after testing the GMC battery and finding out it was on its last legs, we find out that it is still under WARRANTY and that we will get a replacement. We didn't even have to pay for even part of it, but got a replacement worth a whopping $227 because it was still under WARRANTY.

Wow, and here I was working on setting up home warranties for my buyers.

Don't know, I always thought it was kind of money questionably spent, but after looking at the inclusions in that home warranty, I am looking at them with totally fresh eyes.

In fact, after talking to my buyer client, he signed up for a 2-year warranty.


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Comments (8)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Love Warranties, and particularly Home Warranties, There are not that many left to choose from, Endre

Nov 21, 2017 10:42 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Endre Barath, Jr. - I really spent a lot of time on this yesterday, after all, if I suggest one to my client to want to know their offerings.

Nov 22, 2017 07:32 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I love warranties, especially when I find out they are still good and I thought they had expired. Thank goodness your problem was covered!


Nov 21, 2017 10:55 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Jeff Dowler - that was a total surprise. Suggestion, when you buy something with a warranty, make sure the store stores the information in their computer. If I'd have had to look through my receipts from years past, I probably wouldn't have done. Note to self: keep a separate file for warranties in MY computer with receipts.

Nov 22, 2017 07:34 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Good point, like you I appreciate warranties, and good companies have good warranties.  A

Nov 21, 2017 11:01 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Maybe I should contact past clients to see how their warranties worked out, or if they even used them - just to find the best.

Nov 22, 2017 07:35 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® Don't you love when that happens!  I like warranties too.  Glad it worked out for you.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2017 02:55 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Elyse Berman, PA, CRS - It was a nice little Thanksgiving present. Interesting that it happened the same day I was researching Home Warranties - by the way, American Shield gives a DISCOUNT to NAR members.

Nov 22, 2017 07:38 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® car repairs are soooo expensive.... I make sure I have a vehicle that's under warranty .... I extend it before it expires or buy another vehicle...

Nov 22, 2017 03:39 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Barbara Todaro - Yes, car repairs really can add up if it turns lemoney!

Nov 22, 2017 07:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Hella... I'm a big believer in home warranties... carry one on my home and have they ever paid out over the last few years... two new A/C's, a new $3,000 advantium oven, and more. And my car warranty has come to the rescue more than once.

Nov 22, 2017 04:12 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Nina Hollander - We really do need to recommend them to our buyer clients, maybe even give them as a gift if the seller won't agree to one.

Nov 22, 2017 07:40 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for  sharing. Wishing you and your family  Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 22, 2017 04:54 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Gita Bantwal - And a wonderful Thanksgiving to your family as well.

Nov 22, 2017 07:41 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I broke down and called Mercedes yesterday because I have recall on the starter. I've been putting this off until I realized I'm leaving in a week for two months and should do this. I told the appointment setter I needed to get in before my car blows up. She laughed and laughed and said, it won't blow up. Oh, yes, you're right, it will just catch fire. Much better.

Nov 22, 2017 10:04 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Good for you, Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents get those pesky things done, especially if it's a Mercedes and might catch fire. Ha ha ha ha ha...

Nov 22, 2017 01:46 PM